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DEADLIER THAN THE MALE

If somebody suddenly pointed at you and said; “Quick! Think of a movie villain!”, the chances are that your mind would immediately conjure up the image of a bald scarred man stroking a cat in a swivel chair, whilst pondering his latest eeevil plan (possibly in an lair hidden in a volcano). Or maybe you’re old-school, and the picture of a moustache-twirling dude with a top hat comes to mind. Obviously with more time to consider it, the infinite number of choices would deliver a more realistic image. But if someone limited that choice to a villain from the horror genre, maybe it would be a hockey-masked slasher, or a finger-knifed dream-demon. However, continuing our “Women in Horror” theme th

MY FAVOURITE HORROR MOVIE: SCOTT SCHIRMER

Scott Schirmer is an American writer and director best known for his dark coming-of-age horror 'Found' - which we listed as one of our favourite films of 2014. This year has proved to be a productive one too - watch out for the releases of his latest genre pics 'Plank Face' and 'Harvest Lake'. Here, he tells us about his favourite horror movie - the John Landis classic that is ... AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1963) With the success of Animal House and The Blues Brothers behind him, director John Landis was able to take a chance on a horror-comedy about two American college students who have a close encounter of the hirsute kind while backpacking through the English moors. David Naughton a

TOP UNDERWATER THRILLERS

The new aquatic adventure film The Chamber - where a submarine mission goes badly wrong - is the epitome of an underwater thriller. It plunges you into the action and makes you feel as if you’re right there with the crew fighting amongst each other, and fighting for their lives, sinking into the depths of the Yellow Sea. Here are eight more deep sea chillers that’ll have you struggling for breath. VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA 1961 “Race from outer space to seven miles below the sea ... with amazing aquanauts of the deep!” In this classic sci-fi adventure Walter Pidgeon is in charge of a nuclear submarine whose very mission is to save the planet Earth. Directed by Irwin Allen, who went on

STALKIN' ABOUT MY GENERATION

The slasher movie was staple of the 70's and 80's. However, with found-footage and supernatural horror taking centre stage since the turn of the century, they've taken something of a back-seat. However there are still some gems out there. For those of you who need to get their stalk'n'slash fix - but don't necessarily want to see people with shoulder pads and fruzzy hair, here are a few of our favourite modern slasher titles. CHERRY FALLS 2000 Please don't hate us. We are aware that Cherry Falls isn't the greatest slasher film ever made. However, released in 2000, it is still imbued with that trashy, teeny aura that soon became a rarity within the genre. If we're being honest, one of the mai

TERROR FROM ABOVE!

When was the last time you saw a bird and felt a stomach churning sense of fear? Probably never I bet. I mean, what's the scariest bird out there? An Ostrich is pretty big. Not particularly frightening though is it? And all those stories you were told as a kid about Swans being able to break your legs (or was that just me) are pretty much unfounded. How about an eagle or a vulture? Yeah they're pretty mean looking but you know what? I feel pretty confident I'd be able to take one. It's probably this lack of primal fear (birds have never really been above us in the food chain after all) that has led to the fact that there are very few horror movies out there about our winged friends. However

BLAKE SNYDER'S BEAT SHEET

Opening Image – A visual that represents the struggle & tone of the story. A snapshot of the main character’s problem, before the adventure begins. Set-up – Expand on the “before” snapshot. Present the main character’s world as it is, and what is missing in their life. Theme Stated (happens during the Set-up) – What your story is about; the message, the truth. Usually, it is spoken to the main character or in their presence, but they don’t understand the truth…not until they have some personal experience and context to support it. Catalyst – The moment where life as it is changes. It is the telegram, the act of catching your loved-one cheating, allowing a monster on-board the ship, meeting t

JAMES WAN

At only 35 years of age, James Wan has a lot of years ahead of him in the movie business, yet it seems as if he has been around a while already. He already has a string of impressive horror movies under his belt and the next few years promise more of the same. Wan was born in Sarawak, Malaysia in 1977 but moved to Western Australia as a child. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Whilst studying at RMIT, he met Leigh Whannell and shortly after finishing their studies the pair began collaborating on a screenplay. This was, of course, Saw, a film that would catapult them both to horror stardom and re-invigorate the genre. Saw (2004) With a de

DEJA VU

About six months ago I was at the cinema and in the middle of enduring that 25 minute ordeal that is 'adverts and trailers' before the main feature began. I loathe the adverts with a passion and more recently, even the trailers have begun to grow tiresome. It's not that the films don't look appealing – it's that the trailer is more often than not just a condensed movie in its entirety. Gone are the days where trailers were supposed to tease the concept of the film, maybe throw in a couple of cool action/laugh out loud/dramatic scenes for good measure. It's like spoiler central now. Anyway, I digress. As I sat there, a trailer began and after a few seconds I thought 'I'm sure I've already see

MY FAVOURITE HORROR MOVIE: IVAN KAVANAGH

After several award-winning short dramas, Irish filmmaker Ivan Kavanagh tried his hand at horror with the underappreciated Tin Can Man (2007). However audiences will probably best know him for his superbly creepy 2014 mystery-horror 'The Canal'. Here, he talks about his favourite horror movie - and one of Cronenberg's most powerful movies - The Fly (1986) I was twelve years old the first time I saw David Cronenberg’s The Fly. It was at a friend’s house, just after it was released on VHS, and when it was over I felt totally devastated, with a deep sense of melancholy that I couldn’t shake for days. This film packed a wallop, not only on a visceral level, but also on a deep emotional level too

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

Director: Wes Craven Starring: Heather Lagenkamo, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' was released in 1984 and was single handedly responsible for saving New Line Cinema from going bust. It spawned numerous sequels (and an inadequate remake) and gave us one of horrors most iconic villains. Freddy Krueger. But how has it stood the test of time and how influential has it been on the genre? Plot wise, it wastes zero time in setting up the story. The film opens with Tina, a high school student being stalked in a boiler room by a burnt looking man in a stripey jumper with 'knives for fingers'. When the figure finally catches her he slashes at her night gown. Tina wakes up and

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